When it comes to motorbikes and equipment there seem to be two categories of sales scenarios you find here in Beijing:
- The Exclusive
You buy a terrible expensive machine not because you love to ride a bike. No. Because you have a lot of money and you want to show people that you do. Then you are treated nicely because the shop owner knows you will leave a lot of money there.
- The Normal
You buy a very normal priced bike or -even worse- ‚ordinary equipment‘! Not because you want to spend a shitload of money. No. Because you simply love to ride a bike. Then you seem to be an unwelcome customer. ‘Buy quickly or get the f*ck out of my shop.’
We belong to category #2.
The cheapest helmet we have found is sold for RMB 38,-!! I carefully wonder how safe these ones are… There are many small stores which are either bound to a brand or they have only a few products in the store. Everything is available online.
But I am the old fashion kind of guy who likes to touch and try things. And if you don’t find what you are looking for you need to find a new small shop which might be at the other end of the town in a newly developed industrial area in a new street in the last row well hidden from the street. No Taxi driver knows that there is a store -or even a street. And it seems even the shop owner does not know that he is there. Of course the last sentence might exaggerate a little bit… But after you found the store you can try your luck again. So we did.
In the end we found a small store with nice sales staff and the helmets we were looking for. Maybe a category 3 scenario… Nolan N44 was our choice. After trying and discussing about color and size for more than an hour we bought two of them together with two bluetooth headsets.